City on Fire/Fun Facts
From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
- German Import DVD has a Super-8 Version (German language only), as a special feature on the disc.
- Some elements of the disaster depicted here reflect the Texas City Disaster: On 16 April 1947, a mid-morning fire on the SS Grandcamp, docked in Texas City, caused the ship to blow up and ignite several oil refineries around the harbor. The fire detonated approximately 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate and the ensuing fires and explosions killed at least 581 people in and around Texas City. These events also triggered the first class action lawsuit against the United States government, on behalf of 8,485 dead and injured victims.
- The opening credits show closeups of several buildings. They are the Royal Bank Plaza (Toronto), recognizable with its gold-bronze windows, Place Ville-Marie (Montreal), a cruciform skyscraper, and Complexe Desjardins (Montreal), a shopping mall and office building.
- The filmmakers scouted Atlanta, GA; Edmonton, Canada; St. Louis, MO; and Cincinnati, OH for a location requiring several urban blocks that could be set on fire.They settled for Montreal, Canada where the entire film was shot.
- The producers sold the film to Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) for just over $2.6 million.
- Shell Oil, who owned a $600 million refinery that the filmmakers were interesting in shooting, granted permission to the production as a gesture of raising awareness about safety issues (the dangers of locating oil refineries near cities).